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Escapee Praised For Bravery

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 11:59 PM

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Cleveland Police Deputy Chief Ed Tomba (pic by Brian Bull)

City officials are praising Amanda Berry for escaping her captivity, and helping break a bizarre triple kidnapping and imprisonment case that’s stymied law enforcement for years.

Speaking to reporters yesterday, Cleveland Police Deputy Chief Ed Tomba says there is no evidence that Ariel Castro drugged his victims while keeping them locked up in his house over a decade. 

But Tomba did say Berry’s sole attempt at escape freed her and fellow captives Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus.

“The only opportunity – after interviewing the young ladies – to escape, was the other day when Amanda escaped,” Tomba told reporters. “So they were in that home…I don’t believe, they don’t believe they’ve been out of that home for the last ten years, respectively.”

Tomba says the women went out the house only twice during their decade-long ordeal, and that was to Castro’s garage and while wearing disguises.

Castro is now facing multiple charges of kidnapping and rape.  He’s expected to be arraigned in a county court today.

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